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payments were made. i would find that reprehensible. >> sulaimon brown says he has text messages and e-mails that confirm his story. qualmmy brown referred the issue to the office of inspector general for an independent review. mayor gray is expected to name a permanent d.c. chancellor this week. according to "the washington post" kaya henderson would be appointed to the position after michelle reed resigned last october. mayor reed recently advised a panel and reasserted he should henderson as the top deputy. enrollment at d.c. schools increased this year for the first time in four decades. however ms. henderson says there are more than 40 schools that have fewer than 300 students. now because schools receive
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funding based on the amount of students they have, many small schools are still struggling. this issue will continue to be examined. you may notice what's leftover from overnight flurries when you head outside. some of the rain from a soggy sunday turned to snow. our crews got video of snow-covered cars at a dealership in rockville overnight. in the district flurries fell over light traffic in chinatown. the precipitation was enough to delay opening schools in one part of the area, pendleton county schools in west virginia is opening two hours late because of slick roads. and what a crazy night. we had pouring, torrential rains, then the winds whipping. >> i thought it was frost on the windshield and the trash cans, but maybe snow in some places. it was. winter is saying, not so fast. not so fast. all around the region we have had soaking rains. yesterday we had one to two inches of rain, some flooded rivers and creeks and streams. for now the streams are receding, but on top of that we
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got a brief period of snow. right now temperatures are above freezing in most locations. most road temperatures are above freezing. however, some bridges and overpasses there may be slick spots. watch out for that. the pink done generally got a half inch to one inch of snow in the northern part of the shenandoah valley and parts of loudoun county. then farther to the west, one to four inches of snow fell. the higher amounts of the ridges. look at the winds. we have had winds gusting 30 to 40 miles per hour this morning. as a result, the windchills are down near 20 degrees. quite a cold start. there's the storm system that gave us all the rain and snow briefly last night. that's heading into new england. they are getting a lot of snow in upstate new york and northern new england from that, but we are clearing out here with lots of sunshine. right now a clear sky over the washington monument. and a sunny, blustery morning. by 9:00 it will still be around the mid-30s with windchills in the 20s. and the wind diminish gradually this afternoon with temperatures
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climbing into the mid-40s by mid-afternoon. a look at your monday night planner coming up at 4:41. jerry, good morning, how is traffic? good morning. we continue to follow breaking news from the overnight accident that occurred a short time ago on 395 northbound in the hov lanes up near washington boulevard. police, fire and rescue crews and investigators remain on the scene. right now traffic is getting by to the right shoulder of the hov lanes. regular lanes completely maintained. we'll keep you updated on this throughout the morning. now to maryland along i-270 where the roads could be a bit slick out of frederick, clarksburg and beyond. that in tigs to the wind. and near georgia avenue we have an accident. and southbound 210 neither old fort road, we have word of trees in the roadway. a busy morning already. thank you, jerry. >> thank you, jerry. right now secretary of defense robert gates is in afghanistan. he made a surprise visit overnight. the press found out through a
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tweet from the pentagon press secretary. for the next two days gates will visit with u.s. troops where the taliban insurgency is strongest. he'll also meet with the president of behalf afghanistan. this is his 13th trip to the region. u.s. troops are said to begin withdrawing in july. 4:34 now. the crisis in libya is intensifying with battles over territory. opposition forces are trying to take control over cities surrounding the capital of tripoli. forces loyal to muammar gadhafi are fighting back with heavy round of artillery, air strikes and gunfire. mean mile, tens of thousands of people are escaping the violence and setting up a ref you gee camp in tunisia. and this unrest in libya is fueling gas prices. look at the latest number from aaa. the national average is $3.50. d.c. drivers are paying $3.59 a
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gallon. maryland drivers are paying $3.47 a gallon. michelle almaguer is here with more. >> reporter: from new york to california, sticker shock. >> it is a ripoff. $4 a gallon, i spent $65 to fill up my car. that only lasts me a week. >> reporter: 4 a gallon is a bargain in some california cities. >> it is frustrating. it is only going to go up more. >> reporter: in the golden state gas prices spiked nearly 50 cents a gallon in february alone. michigan up 38 cents. illinois rose 34 cents. and in new york the jump at t pump was 28 cents a gallon last month. fear from ongoing turmoil in the middle east contributing to the rising prices, but not the only factor. >> we are seeing demand increase, not only in the u.s., but throughout asia, africa and south america that are all contributing to higher crude oil
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prices and consequently higher gasoline prices at the pump. >> reporter: those higher gas prices came as many were starting to feel better about the economy, but now any extra cash may be going right into the tank. >> i think it is crazy. >> reporter: jason king spend $40 more a month on gas. >> pretty soon i'm going to have to start thinking about riding a bike or other means of transportation, definitely. >> reporter: in fact, the skyrocketing prices have some giving up the road for the rails. metro use in los angeles up 10%. and across the country commuters are using the latest technology, smartphone apps and social media to find the cheapest gas, anything to save a buck. >> everybody i know is trying to carpool and fill up the car as little as possible. >> reporter: in the weeks ahead spring is when prices typically rise the most. miguel almaguer, nbc news, los angeles. the leader of australia will
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visit the white house to meet with president obama to discuss foreign affairs. the first prime minister julia gillard is visiting to announce australia's involvement in building a new education center at the vietnam memorial. australia has been one of the u.s.'s closest allies. during the year they supplied 60,000 troops. the center will be built near the lincoln an vietnam memorials and is intended to put faces to names etched in the wall. the white house says muslim-americans are not part of the terrorism problem facing the u.s. they are part of the solution. the administration is trying to ease tensions as a congressional committee is scheduled to hold hearings on islamic radicalization. it will focus on the muslim community and law enforcement relationships. peter king from new york is unfair targeting muslims many
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say. starting today you have to pay a toll to ride on the inner county connector. the first section of the new highway runs near i-370 in gaithersburg and georgia avenue and has been free to drivers for the past two weeks. it will now cost you $1.45 during peak hours and $1.15 during the off-peak to use that road. and tolls are collected electronically so you will need an easy pass. you can find more information on how to buy an easy pass on our website, nbcwashington.com. just search easy pass. that route 200 must be the best marked highway out there. have you driven up that way? >> i know you were on the traffic out there. >> there are ten signs warning you before you get on there, you need to pay with an easy pass. >> starting today, get the easy pass. ahead on "news4 today," a twist into the investigation and disappearance of a local mother who police say saw her last. and flurries fell overnight. what sort of highs can we expect today? and why this could be the
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welcome back at 4:41. today kicks off sleep awareness week. a new study says two-thirds of u.s. adults are not getting enough of it. a new poll reveals adults are getting less than seven hours of sleep a night. and almost everyone in the survey says they use some sort of electronic device at least an hour before going to bed. experts say our brains aren't
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ready for sleep because of all the stimulants and artificial light. teens are the worst offenders with more than half say they spend an hour before bed texting and are woken up in the middle of the night by texts. put the cell phones down. >> it has to be turned off when you sleep. come on. >> i use it for an alarm but that's it. >> i do too. and you probably check it before you go to bed. >> i do to double check. we need that. and i'm not surprised. >> shh. don't wake up anybody in the control room. >> quiet. how can you be aware of sleep if you are sleeping? sleep awareness, what's the deal with that? well, at least it is a nice thought. yesterday was good weather for napping with the rain coming down. then last night it did switch over to a little bit of snow before it all ended off to our west and north. one to three inches fell in parts of the shenandoah valley and points west. right now it is generally above freezing. the road temperatures are above freezing thankfully so roadways are wet.
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there is some slushy snow accumulation in parts of west virginia. with doe have a clear sky now over washington. and as the morning progresses we'll have a gradual warm-up, but a blustery wind. windchills are just down near 20 degrees with the winds gusting over 30 miles per hour. lots of sun today with highs reaching the upper 40s by mid-afternoon. by then the winds should diminish a little bit but still gusty winds into the early to middle part of the afternoon. lots of sunshine. then after sunset we'll have a clear sky and temperatures down into the mid-40s to near 40 by late evening. then by dawn tomorrow, near the freezing mark, but everything should be dried out. we'll have a partly cloudy start to tuesday. a look at tuesday, wednesday, thursday and into the weekend will be at 4:51. jerry, how is traffic? good news to report. live pictures of 395 northbound, the overnight accident near washington boulevard is completely out of the roadway, but it was a spectacular accident. news4's tracee wilkins is on the scene right now with the latest information. tracee? >> reporter: good morning, jerry. they reopened the hov lanes here
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heading northbound. take a look here and you can see the traffic getting through the hov lanes just fine. but let me show you what it looked like a little while ago. just literally they moved these vehicles out of the roadway, about five minutes ago. and according to virginia state police somebody was driving southbound in the northbound hov lanes, crashed into a vehicle. then we understand that the driver of the vehicle that caused this crash fell out of his car and took off running. we don't know if virginia police were able to catch up with the driver or not, but we know canines were out searching for the driver and trying to figure out where that person went. they were able to quickly clear this scene. as you can see now the hov lanes for 395 are reopened. that's good news for drivers this morning. i'm tracee wilkins live in arlington, back to you in the studio. >> thank you, tracee. 35 degrees at 4:44.
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events and pray for the injured. later today the man investigators suspect is the east coast rapist will be in court thanks to a tip from a caller from prince william county. aaron thomas was arrested in county on friday. police have tested his dna from a cigarette and say it matches samples from more than a dozen sexual assaults in the past 12 years spanning four states including maryland and virginia. prince william county police are also expected to release new information on that case later today. we are learning a missing mother from virginia had a boyfriend and he may be the last person to have seen her, not her husband. that's from loudoun county police. 21-year-old bethany decker disappeared in january. her family reported the pregnant george mason university student missing when they had not heard from her in a few weeks. decker's husband is in the army and deployed to afghanistan. police have not said much about her relationship with the other man but said he's cooperating with the investigation. teammates of a fallen
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lacrosse player are making sure her legacy is never forgotten. the virginia women's lacrosse team officially retired yard lee love's number one jersey this weekend never to be worn again. the team presented a framed jersey to love's family. the lacrosse star was found ten months ago dead in her apartment. her boyfriend george hughley was charged with first-degree murder in connection with her death. a preliminary hearing is slated for april 11th. hospitals will be back on the picket lines this morning, the nurses, that is. they are who testing wages, benefits and what they say is declining patient care. the strike officially ended on saturday. however, the striking nurses cannot return to work until later this week. that's because the temporary workers brought in to replace them were promised five days of work. the morning the crew aboard space shuttle "discovery" is preparing for the final trip to
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earth. they woke up to the theme of "star trek" two hours ago. they said good-bye to the international space station yesterday. "discovery" will undock in two hours and fly around the space station before setting course for earth. "discovery" astronauts dropped off a storage room, and a humanoid robot. "discovery" will retire to the smithsonian museum. devastating news for the people of new zealand. this morning the country's prime minister says 10,000 homes in christchurch will need to be demolished. the homes were severely damaged during last month's 6.3 magnitude earthquake. at least 160 people were killed, some individuals are still not accounted for. now while the city will try to rebuild the prime minister says some parts of the land are too badly damaged to rebuild on. and look at this amazing video from hawaii where one of the world east mos active value cay toes started rumbles again.
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a crater on the eastern side of kailua collapsed unleashing lava to the surface. scientists say lava shot up as high as 65 feet from the collapsed crater. geologists expect further eruptions. right now no homes are threatened by that eruption. in addition to it, the island has had nearly 150 small quakes in the last 24 hours. >> with the quakes involved, i guess it makes it worth it because it is such beautiful weather, but you are living with a very active system out there. tom, what about us? we have had active weather over the last 24 hours. my goodness gracious. >> big changes yesterday. they got up to 60 degrees with the rain yesterday, now it is near freezing. we had the rain briefly change over to snow overnight. right now temperatures for the most part are above freezing. a few isolated spots west and east near the freezing mark. watch out elevated bridges every overpass as well. low to mid-30s near the entire region.
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right now 33 at reagan national. these areas received know overnight. the blues got one to two four inches. the higher amounts in the higher spots of western virginia and western maryland. fairfax county, parts of prince william, faulk, southern frederick, western howard had a half inch to an inch. and as we look around the region, the wind are gusting to around 35 miles per hour as a result. the windchills are down near 20 degrees. right now temperatures are below freezing in western maryland, west virginia in the 20s there. there's the storm system from yesterday. it is now heading out to new england and pulling away. for us we'll have the clear sky over us right now. it is clear over the washington monument. we'll have lots of sun today with a blustery wind into the afternoon hours. we'll reach the upper 40s by mid-afternoon. a clear sky tonight. we'll be down near freezing by dawn tomorrow. and then during the day on tuesday afternoon highs into the low 50s, partly cloudy. clouding up on wednesday. and it looks like rain moving in
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late wednesday into thursday. after that we'll dry out friday into the weekend. jerry, good morning, how is traffic? unfortunately, more traffic out there now looking at i-270 in germantown. we have reports of an accident 270 southbound between germantown and montgomery village at the bridge near seneca creek where it has a tendency to get icy when temperatures drop and the roadway is wet. fire and rescue crews are on the scene. we expect to see delays south to germantown. we have an accident near georgia avenue with police on the scene dealing with that. be careful coming out of silver spring. one more stop from the west, interstate 66, no worries so far all the way on in as all lanes are open. thank you, jerry. >> 4:53 now. forget the complicated equations from wall street, just look at the sales of men's underwear, desserts and cmetic surgery. those things really don't go together, but i guess that's a sign of the economy looking up. >> yeah, economic indicators,
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underwear. chris crackum explains how the figures tell the real story of the economic recovery. >> with regard to usable commodities, commodities that make things. >> reporter: still not convinced all the i didn't cat talk on the business channels that this number or that number is a sure sign the economy is actually on the rebound? then maybe all you need to do is check out a man's underwear drawer. >> turns out that when times are tough men don't replace their underwear as often. >> reporter: well, according to the writers at killinger, the old is being replaced by the new. men's underwear sales are up. and that's just one of their admittedly corky signs the economy is indeed recovery. another is restaurant diners who during tough times shy away from splurging. >> they will only order entrees and skip the appetizers and desserts. what we found in recent months is they are starting to order december sets again.
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>> reporter: cosmetic surgeries are making a comeback, too. >> tummy tucks and nose jobs and eyebrow lifts, et cetera. >> reporter: those harder to get tee times at the golf course should be viewed as good news. >> people are starting to go back and hit the links again. >> reporter: another sign? a reinvigorated cardboard industry. >> demand for packaging for cardboard boxes and the like has started to go back up, an indication people are buying more. >> reporter: but possibly the most encouraging sign the economy is recovering, cab drivers say they haven't been this busy in years. chris crackum, nbc news. one leading democrat says he predicts the senate will reject deep budget cuts by the house. second-ranking democrat dick durbin says the house unfairly puts the burden on domestic programs and the senate plans to count we are a bill to trim $6.5
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million from the budget. the house wants to cut $61 billion. that's a large gap for the two sides to overcome. last week congress passed a bill to give them until march 18th to try to get a deal done. not much time. 4:56. 36 degrees. coming up, we are number two. which city has a worse commute than d.c. also, the rare action considered by the president to help ease gas prices. and next, a joyride ends with a ride in a pol
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well, a volunteer firefighter learned a lesson he likely won't forget soon. don't take a company car for a joyride while drunk. 27-year-old sean swanson is accused of driving a fire truck drunk in virginia. police pulled over swanson in one of loudoun county's fire trucks over the weekend. investigators say he has been drinking. swanson is a volunteer firefighter in hamilton. >> the vehicle was a fire truck that has been placed out of service previously by the hamilton fire department. it was not a current emergency response vehicle. >> prosecutors charged swanson with driving under the influence. four other volunteer firefighters were in the truck and investigators say they were also intoxicated. they have not been charged but the incident is under investigation. well, we all know that commuting in washington can be tough, but this

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